Terry Taylor, the Senior Director of Grants in Gifts at United Way of Brevard County gave Dreamscape some insight on the behind the scenes of this successful Community Redistribution Partnership.
What it’s all about
We had the pleasure of learning about United Way of Brevard and everything their wonderful organization has to offer. Located in Rockledge Florida, they have been helping their community over the last 55 years! Their mission is simply to care for their community and provide whatever they can for those in need. The organization specializes in a number of different things such as, education, financial stability, and health. They even help out with disaster recoveries including fires, flooding and even hurricanes! They believe that instead of focusing on a single issue they want to help tackle problems facing their community as a whole.
It may seem challenging for one organization to face all of this alone, but they have an amazing support system of partners behind them! Aside from their own work in the community, they also help other organizations achieve their goals. By hosting fundraisers for the benefit of another nonprofit, they are able to make more resources available to that organization. Which allows that organization to provide even more to the people in they serve. The best part is they have a very broad demographic of people and families they help. From elderly and disabled, to children and low income families, this organization will be there for you! On their website, United Way even provides numerous success stories of the people they have helped and impacted. These stories include single mothers who wanted a better childhood for their kids. They were able to provide that and more to help these families achieve not only success, but a great life as well. They also have numerous programs for people to attend, including their feed and read program. The goal is to provide nutrition, mentoring, and books to low income children while they’re off of school during the summer.
What they need
United Way of Brevard County can always use donations of course. We asked Terry if there are specific items they’re in need of most. She responded with various hygiene items. Such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and other items of the sort. They are also always taking new volunteers to help with their many programs. If you’re a family who is struggling or someone who is disabled and needs a helping hand please go to the contact page on their website and they will be happy to help! If you’re someone who simply wants to donate or volunteer you can fill out and submit your information to their volunteer and giving page.
Running a nonprofit and struggling? Maybe Good360 is exactly what you need! Take a deeper look to get the full effect of what this nonprofit is doing for the community around you.
Good360 is a product philanthropy, partner based nonprofit organization. This means they work with large and responsible companies to donate their excess merchandise to charities or other nonprofits. They then partner with the charities and nonprofits to help them receive goods for their specific needs. Their mission is to help people, whether it be individuals, families, or a community, who are impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances. By providing nonprofits with the goods they need, they can free up their resources to spend on more important aspects of their organization including programs and events. Good360 views the products as more than just stuff, to them it could be providing a bed to a child for a much-needed good night’s rest. Or even something as little as a pair of soccer cleats to help someone pursue their passion confidently. They have a 35-year track record and have distributed more than $9 billion worth of products. Currently their organization has 400+ corporate donors and 800,000+ nonprofit members. By doing this they are able to give old products new life and reducing waste by keeping it all out of landfills. The hard workers of Good360 take pride in not only the product donations, but in their help with disaster recovery. In the first few days of a disaster they will be there for people who have been displaced from their homes. They could supply them with products including toiletries, socks, diapers for babies, toys, games, and snacks for kids. When it comes to clean up, Good360 will partner with other organizations to help provide various cleaning supplies to help with things such as the debris and mold. After the cleaning is complete, they will then work on getting donations of the reconstruction materials needed. These materials could be something as small as paint or as large as kitchen appliances. This is extremely important to them because it’s helping people get their homes and lives back. The best part about their disaster recovery is that even years after the impact, they will still be there to help people with things like mattresses, furniture and other home goods.
But wait, there’s more!
This organization even has a blog to discuss all of the wonderful nonprofits and donors they work with. A lot of their blogs will include information on how the programs have given back to the community. Their articles talk about a variety of different things. Some of them will have information on current or previous disaster relief and even articles about how they have helped women dress for success! You might even get a little emotional when reading their impact stories and true testimonies from the numerous lives they have helped and transformed. Not only do they have a great amount of pride and value in themselves but also in their partnerships. They are constantly talking highly of all the people they work with and this shows even when only reading one of their articles. Dreamscape has recently had the pleasure of starting a partnership with Good360. We started in mid-July of this year, and we have been more than impressed. They have made it easy on us start to finish. The employees listened to what we needed and walked us through to make sure everything smooth and accordingly. We have had the pleasure of starting with two donors and they have yet to disappoint. This program has been a tremendous asset to our organization. We are supplied the goods and products that we need and give back to the community what we don’t. This program has also been extremely beneficial for us to partner with other nonprofits in our community. Anything that we don’t need or can’t use, we reach out to other local charities to see if we can donate to them. This is such a great asset for everyone because it helps us with creating relationships with other local nonprofits and it helps them get a donation of things, they need but don’t typically get. Aside from the products that Good360 has helped provide us, this has helped us with saving resources to use on other important things within our charity. For example, being able to receive the donated products this has made us be able to save and use our finances towards other things such as the prizes we give away during a fundraiser event. Now, I know you’re probably thinking that this is a scam because there can’t possibly be a nonprofit organization out there that does all of this. But, I’m here to tell you that this is not a scam and it is true. When we first heard about Good360 and all of the great things they do we were a little skeptical at first, but we cast our worries aside and gave them a try and now we are more than pleased with the outstanding partnerships we have developed. The best part is whether you’re looking to receive products as a nonprofit, a person who is struggling, or a business who wants to donate their surplus of goods, Good360 has a valuable place for you.